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The Man Who Would Be King
Directed by John Huston • 1975 • United States, United Kingdom
Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer
John Huston had been hoping to bring his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novella THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING to the screen for decades when he finally got the chance in the midseventies—and the result was one of the greatest triumphs of his late career. Christopher Plummer (as Kipling) narrates this sweeping tale of adventure and folly, with Sean Connery and Michael Caine as Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnehan, nineteenth-century Englishmen whose search for fame and fortune leads them to the remote mountains of Afghanistan, where they are mistaken for gods by the local inhabitants. The deception brings them power and wealth—until the deluded Dravot begins to believe in his own divinity.